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saskia olde wolbers
Film art at the South London Gallery.In recent years no one has managed to take on the insane visual impact of artist/director Matthew Barney. However, Beck’s Futures winner Saskia Olde Wolbers not only rivals Barney, she may even surpass him.
Her latest film, Trailer, tells the story of a man who finds that he’s adopted and that his real parents were B-movie 30s film stars who disappeared in the jungle. In addition to the strange but immediately gripping narrative, the film slowly pans across the empty landscape of a blood-red deserted cinema and dripping architectural jungle vegetation.
The visual style is unique. Strands of dew cross the screen like frozen panes of jagged glass. Deadly Venus flytraps are caught between digital unreality and natural perfection. Added to these stunning, disturbing images is a brilliantly written voiceover that questions whether the images are “fiction in the void of reality”. Film art doesn’t get much better than this.
Saskia Olde Wolbers’ Trailer is at the South London Gallery until 17 July 05.
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